- The victim bled to death after being cut by shards of glass from a school.
- The typhoon’s maximum wind speed has dropped to 110 kilometers per hour, with gusts of 150.
- An earthquake, registering 6.5 on the Richter scale, occurred Friday morning in a sparsely-populated area on the border between the US states of Nevada and California.
Typhoon Vongfong’s passage through the Philippines caused at least one death, and damage to hundreds of facilities for use by people infected with the coronavirus. It also destroyed houses, as well as rice and cornfields in five cities, a local governor told the media today.
Ben Evardone, governor of the eastern Samar province, where the typhoon hit the country’s coast, explained that the victim was a man who bled to death after he was hit by glass shards from a school building he was trying to open to take shelter in. The governor also said that some residents were crying in despair after their homes were destroyed. A villager who lost his home even cut his wrists in anger and frustration, but was treated in time.
The director of the Civil Defense department, Claudio Yucot, explained that the evacuations took a long time because workers had to wear masks and protective clothing, and could not transport many residents to the same shelter to prevent contagion with the coronavirus that causes COVID disease.
According to the Governor, a group of military, police, and local officials were unable to travel to the two cities hit by the typhoon— Jipapad, and Maslog— due to the high number of trees that had fallen and blocked the roads. The governor therefore called upon the armed forces to use a helicopter to inspect and drop food if army troops won’t be able to reach the area by Saturday.
In the peripheral region of Bicol, northwest of Eastern Samar, more than 145,000 people are now in emergency shelters as the weakened typhoon passes by. A mass evacuation was complicated and slowed by the coronavirus. Typhoon Vongfong hit land on Thursday and headed for the populous island of Luzon in the north, government analysts said.
The typhoon’s maximum wind speed has dropped to 110 kilometers per hour, with gusts of 150. However, it remains dangerous, especially in the coastal and low-lying villages, meteorologists warned. The typhoon is expected to completely vacate the country on Sunday.
6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Western Nevada
An earthquake, registering 6.5 on the Richter scale, occurred Friday morning in a sparsely-populated area on the border between the US states of Nevada and California, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced.
The earth shook at 4:03 AM, local time, near Tonopah, about 120 miles southeast of Carson City, and midway between Reno and Las Vegas. It is also east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the famous Yosemite National Park.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located approximately 4.7 miles deep. So far, no casualties have been reported after the quake, but many people said on social media that they felt the shock in California.
According to the Los Angeles Times, an average of five earthquakes, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0 on the Richter scale, occur each year in the two neighboring states of California and Nevada.